The public is invited to hear the platforms of the six candidates for Riverview City Council during a candidate forum starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the Riverview Community Center, 14100 Civic Park Drive.
Admission is free.
Three seats on the council will be filled during the general election on Nov. 2.
The six candidates invited to participate are those that received the most votes during the Aug. 3 primary election: incumbent council members Jim Trombley and Dean Workman and challengers David Robbins, Rita Gunaga, April Bieganski and Theo Makarounas.
There will be at least one new council member. Incumbent Billy Towle was defeated in the primary after failing to place among the top six finishers in the 10-person race.
The candidate forum will be presented and sponsored by Go Big Multimedia, publisher of the Riverview Register multi-media news magazine – the official newspaper of the City of Riverview.
Will Evans, president and publisher of Go Big Multimedia, will serve as moderator.
Evans said members of the public can submit questions to candidates three ways: By email to email@example.com, by private message on the Riverview Register Facebook page or by mailing or dropping off questions to the Go Big office, located at 18271 Fort Street, Riverview, MI 48193.
Questions – from Riverview residents only – should be directed to individual candidates and each candidate will get an equal number of questions. Each candidate will have a designated time to answer the questions. Each candidate will also have equal time for an opening and closing statement. Questions must be submitted by Tuesday, Sept. 14.
Evans said community events such as a candidate forum are important barometers to help voters make informed decisions in the voting booth. He said sponsorship of the forum by the Riverview Register is important to him, the newspaper staff and the citizens of Riverview.
“I think we’re neutral,” Evans said. “We’re a good-news newspaper. We cover all the good information in the communities. All the other media does a good job of covering the bad news in our state, region and nation.
“When people get our publication, they get it mailed to them or they pick it up in a restaurant or local store. If you’re considering moving into the city, you can read all the good news in the city, in schools, sports, accolades for kids, clubs, organizations and more. I think we cover the city with enthusiasm. That’s what our job is. We’re a megaphone for the city.
Go Big Multimedia also publishes the Grosse Ile Grand, the Southgate Star and the Wyandotte Warrior newspapers, plus Shopping Savvy Magazine.
Riverview Mayor Andrew Swift said plans call for the forum to be recorded and shown on the local city cable TV channels.
For more information about the candidate forum or the Riverview Register newspaper, call (734) 282-3939.